2019-2020 Conferences

A large conference gathering viewed from the speaker's platform.

Arts Activated 2019 Conference 22-23 August at Sydney Olympic Park. The theme is “Making it Happen Today.

 iCREATe conference 26-29 August 2019, Canberra. Includes Global Student Innovation Challenge, and ATSA Independent Living Expo. 

Planning Institute Australia NSW State Conference 19-20 September 2019, Parramatta. Theme: Fostering Resilience – the promise of a brighter and better future.

Constructing our World: People, Performance, Politics 18-20 September 2019, Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney. Joint hosts are the Institutes of Building of Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. 

International Conference on Disabling Normatives 1 – 3 October 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa. Has an academic focus and is hosted by the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies. 

3rd International Congress on Technology and Tourism for All, 23-25 October, Malaga, Spain. It will cover technology, smart tourist destinations, accessible products and services can do for society.

​​International Conference on ​Transport & Health – theme: Smart Cities. Disruptive Mobility. Healthy People. 4-8 November 2019, Pullman Melbourne on the Park. The topics are wide ranging because transport links to everything else. Melbourne Cup Day activities included in the program.

52nd AAG Conference Sydney. Coming of Age Together: New Ways of Knowing and Acting. 5-8 November 2019. Topics include social engagement, environment, design, innovation and technology.  

International Conference on Urban Health: People Oriented Urbanisation – Transforming cities for health and well-being. 4-8 November 2019, Xiamen, China. 

Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia 2019 State Conference, 6-8 November, Hunter Valley NSW. Theme: Unlocking the Value of Infrastructure. This conference is targeted to local government staff and planners, and other government departments. 

4th World Disability and Rehabilitation Conference, 7-8 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand. The topics are broad ranging. The Theme is “Building Bridges towards a Common Goal: Advancing and Promoting Equity and Accessibility among People with Disabilities Worldwide”.

International Urban Design Conference, 13-16 November 2019, Hobart Tasmania. Call for presenters closed 26 July 2019 with blind peer review for accepted papers. Several topics to choose from.

World Engineers Convention – theme is Engineering a Sustainable World: The next 100 Years. 20-22 November 2019, Melbourne. 

Sustainability and Disability Conference, 25-26 November 2019, Buenos Aries. Abstract deadline extended to 15 September!  A good one for policy makers. Conference topics are wide ranging and include universal design

Open Learning Conference 26-27 November 2019, Sydney. It would be good to see papers on Universal Design for Learning in this space.

Space International Conference 2019 on Housing: 29 November – 1 December, London, UK.  Call for papers closes 19 August 2019. Aim: to discuss recent advances and research results in the fields of Housing as well as architecture, policy studies, education, interior architecture, city planning and urban studies, social sciences, and engineering.

2020 Conferences

Florida State University AMPS Conference: Experiential Design – Rethinking relations between people, objects and environments. 16-17 January 2020, in Tallahassee. Call for papers closes 20 November 2019 (round two).

Slips, Trips and Falls Conference 13-14 February 2020 Madrid. Topics include architectural design, ageing, ergonomics, footwear, and safety standards as well as falls prevention and analysing accidents. Website is in Spanish and English.

Smart Accessibility 2020.  International Conference on Universal Accessibility and the Internet of Things and Smart Environments. 22-26 March 2020, Barcelona, Spain. Call for papers open until 8 November 2019. Wide ranging topics: built environment, smart cities, techniques and tools, technology for independent living, digital inclusion, Internet of Things and much more. 

National Sustainability Conference, 27-28 April 2020, Brisbane. Call for papers now open.  The theme is “Sustainable Solutions for a New Decade”. Now is the opportunity to see universal design and social inclusion in the sustainability agenda. Two topics relate: Good Health and Wellbeing, and Sustainable Cities and Communities. Discount for presenters to attend. 

International Dementia Conference 11-12 June 2020, Sydney. Call for Papers closes 8 November 2019. Main theme: Care in the age of outrage. There are many topics including built environment.

Logo for Universal Design ConferenceUD2020. The next Australian Universal Design Conference will be held 12-13 May 2020 in Melbourne. Save the Date! A call for papers will be made very soon. 

Upcoming conferences 2019-2020

People are seated an round conference tables listening to a speaker.Call for papers closes 26 July 2019 for International Urban Design Conference, 13-16 November 2019, Hobart Tasmania. Call for presenters closes 26 July 2019 with blind peer review for accepted papers. Broad range of topics to choose from.

National Sports Convention has a major strand on Diversity and Inclusion in Sport hosted by Sport and Recreation Victoria. To be held in Melbourne 23-25 July 2019. Convention theme is, “Re imagining Sport: More people active with greater participation”. Registrations are open. One ticket for multiple events within the Convention.

Liveable Cities Conference, 12-13 August 2019, Adelaide. Key themes: Happiness, Health and Wellbeing, and Strategies, Planning and Design for People. See the program.

ACAA Access Consultants National Conference, Theme Inclusion by Design: Equality, Diversity and the Built Environment. 14-16 August 2019, Luna Park Sydney. Earlybird registrations open.

Arts Activated 2019 Conference 22-23 August at Sydney Olympic Park. The theme is “Making it Happen Today.

 iCREATe conference 26-29 August 2019, Canberra. Includes Global Student Innovation Challenge, and ATSA Independent Living Expo. 

AAATE 2019: Global Challenges in Assistive Technology: Research, Policy and Practice. 17-19 August 2019, Bologna, Italy. Note that Universal Design is included in this conference. AAATE is sister organisation to Australia’s ARATA. See conference flyer for more information.

Planning Institute Australia NSW State Conference 19-20 September 2019, Parramatta. Theme: Fostering Resilience – the promise of a brighter and better future.

Constructing our World: People, Performance, Politics 18-20 September 2019, Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney. Joint hosts are the Institutes of Building of Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. 

International Conference on Disabling Normatives 1 – 3 October 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa. Has an academic focus and is hosted by the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies. 

3rd International Congress on Technology and Tourism for All, 23-25 October, Malaga, Spain. It will cover technology, smart tourist destinations, accessible products and services can do for society.

​​International Conference on ​Transport & Health – theme: Smart Cities. Disruptive Mobility. Healthy People. 4-8 November 2019, Pullman Melbourne on the Park. The topics are wide ranging because transport links to everything else. Melbourne Cup Day activities included in the program.

52nd AAG Conference Sydney. Coming of Age Together: New Ways of Knowing and Acting. 5-8 November 2019. Topics include social engagement, environment, design, innovation and technology.  

International Conference on Urban Health: People Oriented Urbanisation – Transforming cities for health and well-being. 4-8 November 2019, Xiamen, China. 

Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia 2019 State Conference, 6-8 November, Hunter Valley NSW. Theme: Unlocking the Value of Infrastructure. This conference is targeted to local government staff and planners, and other government departments. 

4th World Disability and Rehabilitation Conference, 7-8 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand. Call for papers closed 22 July 2019. The topics are broad ranging. The Theme is “Building Bridges towards a Common Goal: Advancing and Promoting Equity and Accessibility among People with Disabilities Worldwide”.

International Urban Design Conference, 13-16 November 2019, Hobart Tasmania. Call for presenters closes 26 July 2019 with blind peer review for accepted papers. Several topics to choose from.

World Engineers Convention – theme is Engineering a Sustainable World: The next 100 Years. 20-22 November 2019, Melbourne. 

Open Learning Conference 26-27 November 2019, Sydney. It would be good to see papers on Universal Design for Learning in this space.

Space International Conference 2019 on Housing: 29 November – 1 December, London, UK.  Call for papers closes 19 August 2019. Aim: to discuss recent advances and research results in the fields of Housing as well as architecture, policy studies, education, interior architecture, city planning and urban studies, social sciences, and engineering.

2020 Conferences

Florida State University AMPS Conference: Experiential Design – Rethinking relations between people, objects and environments. 16-17 January 2020, in Tallahassee. Call for papers closes 20 November 2019 (round two).

Slips, Trips and Falls Conference 13-14 February 2020 Madrid. Call for Papers closes 31 July 2019.  Topics include architectural design, ageing, ergonomics, footwear, and safety standards as well as falls prevention and analysing accidents. Website is in Spanish and English.

International Dementia Conference 11-12 June 2020, Sydney. Call for Papers closes 8 November 2019. Main theme: Are we able to care in an age of outrage? There are many topics including built environment.

Logo for Universal Design ConferenceUD2020. The next Australian Universal Design Conference will be held 12-13 May 2020 in Melbourne. Save the Date! A call for papers will be made in September 2019.